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Davinder S Bal

Davinder S Bal

Expertise: - Founder of DBS Law, Davinder started as a successful Personal Injury Solicitor at Rowley Ashworth and Thompsons and now oversees many elements of the company including Business Development and Client Relationship Management. He has a particular interest in Marketing and Media, and specializes in community service through DBS Heart.

Experience: - Davinder believes in investing in DBS Law’s employees and clients, and his achievement has been marked by DBS Law’s Legal 500 status as well as its being listed in the Sunday Times 100 Companies To Work For. Davinder puts the clients’ needs first, with the provision of clear advice and customized service designed to suit the budget and service requirements of each client. He is committed to DBS Heart and believes it is more than a CSR policy and ensures that DBS Law go beyond this and aim to make a significant difference to communities across the UK. Davinder has a keen interest in client led legal services and has carried out pro-bono work with the Sikh Channel Community, broadcast internationally.

Interests: - Davinder is interested in nature, rowing, and being involved in community service projects.

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Vicky Blodwell

Vicky Blodwell

Expertise: - Vicky is both a Director and the Head of Legal Practice as well as the Complaints Handling Director. Vicky is a serious injury specialist, dealing with claims arising from road traffic accidents as well as accidents at work and in public places. She was appointed as a Director in 2013. Vicky prides herself on offering practical advice which is easy to understand. Her approach to clients centres on empathy, with a focus upon clients’ rehab needs at early stages to ensure that interim payments are provided to help them rebuild their lives. She is conscious of the bigger picture and works to ensure that clients’ families are not overlooked.

Experience: - Vicky began her legal career at Russell Jones and Walker and qualified upon joining DBS Law. Vicky also holds her Higher Rights of Audience. Her most notable cases include reaching a settlement for a woman who developed Chronic Pain Syndrome after she was hit by a car. The matter settled at the sum of £335,000 which covered care and assistant for the rest of the client’s life. More recent cases have included settling a claim for a lady who had been knocked down outside a petrol station after she sustained facial injuries and fractures to the leg, arm and back. The client was left unable to work again, and with Vicky’s help was able to gain a six-figure settlement of £318,000. She has also been praised recently for her successful settlement of a hit-and-run case, in which the client sustained multiple fractures and dental injuries, in the sum of £115,000.

Interests: - Vicky enjoys watching football, swimming and cooking vegetarian food.

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Jonathan Haigh

Jonathan Haigh

Expertise: - Jonathan is a qualified Chartered Accountant and also an Associate of the Chartered Insurance Institute.

Experience: - Before joining DBS Law he spent 17 years working in an accountancy practice in Birmingham, providing audit, accountancy and taxation services to an extensive range of clients, with Legal firms being his speciality. Jonathan is responsible for overseeing the accounts department and maintaining budgetary control for the company. He aims to ensure that all staff members within the department are given the opportunity to gain excellent knowledge and expertise.

Interests: - Jonathan is a keen sailor and can be found on the water racing dinghies most weekends. He is also a RYA dinghy instructor teaching both adults and children to sail.

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Faizal Essat

Faizal Essat

Expertise: – Faizal is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives and has gone on to secure advocacy rights and has also qualified as a Legal Executive Advocate. His experience is principally in litigation and has handled large value complex litigation claims. He was also the Head of Litigation at the Leicestershire County Council where he undertook litigation and advisory work at local government level. Faizal also worked as Head of Legal in industry where he advised on all aspects of commercial agreements and dispute resolution issues arising out of trademarks and intellectual property issues.

Experience:- Faizal acted on a group personal injury claim acting for seven claimants who were injured following exposure to the Legionella bacteria. The range of injuries amongst claimants varied and the total damages secured in total exceeded £1 million.

Faizal has also undertaken industrial disease claims and has also successfully secured damages for clients injured by exposure to asbestos. Some of the damages have been recovered for British-based claimants in the USA where Faizal worked alongside American lawyers.

In respect of non-personal injury related claims, Faizal acted for a local authority in the Technologies and Construction Court in respect of a contract dispute and the Council were faced with a claim which was valued at £40 million. This was a complex dispute and Faizal worked with a leading QC and junior counsel in dealing with the various issues and also conducted mediation meetings and advised the executive management committee of the local authority. The claim was successfully defended.

In addition to the legal work that Faizal undertakes as part of his work he also commits a significant amount of time in undertaking pro bono and advisory work in the community. He has received various national awards and was voted pro bono lawyer of the year by the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives and was also the inaugural winner of the DLA Paul Nicholls Memorial Foundation Award for excellence in Pro Bono work.

Interests: – Faizal has a keen interest in following rugby and cricket. He is an avid supporter of the Leicester Tigers and follows the Indian Premier League with great interest. He also plays golf whenever he can but admits that time is often an issue. Faizal is also a keen cook and has a real interest in Indian cuisine and often helps his brother-in-law who operates a commercial kitchen cooking for parties and weddings.

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Harjeet Singh

Harjeet Singh

Expertise: - Harry graduated in bachelors and Master level qualifications in Information technology field.  His further skill set includes wide knowledge of the latest Microsoft technologies including Virtualization and Failover clustering.

Experience: - He has developed solid core IT infrastructure skills in planning, designing, developing and maintaining a complete IT & Telecommunications infrastructure for SME’s.He is responsible for providing a reliable, cost effective, secure and performing IT environment, to enable the company to assist its staff in providing clients with an excellent service.

Interests: - Favourite Quote: Passionate about IT and Support – eat sleep breathe it. Harry is fluent in English, Punjabi and Hindi.

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Gursharan Bunger

Gursharan Bunger

Expertise: - Gursharan qualified as a Solicitor in 2002 and specialises in Private Client Law. Gursharan’s expertise within this discipline include the Administration of Estates (Probate), making Wills, Tax planning, Trusts and administration of the same, Lasting Powers of Attorneys, Deputyship Applications and Elderly Client advice.

Experience: - Gursharan has 11 years of experience in private client work and has represented a large variety of Clients, from those in a High Street firm to high net worth clients in large city firms. Gursharan enjoys dealing with complex Probate matters which have been complicated by mentally incapacitated executors/beneficiaries or those which involve contentious issues. Gursharan had dealt with a number of complex high net worth matters which have often proven difficult and has brought such matters to a successful conclusion. Gursharan holds a free weekly legal surgery at a Temple in Wolverhampton where she has developed some excellent links with members of the community.

Interests: - Outside of work, Gursharan enjoys going to the gym and Latin dancing.

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Dawn White

Dawn White

Expertise: - Dawn is an experienced solicitor who specialises in all aspects of Private Client work. She has a strong commitment to client care ensuring all clients receive a friendly, attentive and professional service whilst providing a tailored solution to a particular client’s circumstance.

Dawn believes strongly that elderly clients should receive appropriate advice and care and is also a Dignity Champion who believes that being treated with dignity is a basic human right, not an optional extra.

Experience: - Alongside being a Member of Solicitors for the Elderly, Dawn has previously won the Derby Young Lawyer Skills Triathlon in 2006. She is a student member of STEP and currently undertaking the examinations to qualify as a full professional member.

Interests: - Dawn enjoys reading and cooking.

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Kristel Georgeou

Kristel Georgeou

Expertise: - Kristel is a qualified solicitor who specialises in residential property law. Kristel possesses extensive knowledge in dealing with all sorts of property transactions, from sales and purchases, transfers of equity, remortgages, purchases of land, auction pack preparation, purchase at auction, lease extensions, registration of legal charges, grants of new leases, right to buy, auction pack review, purchase of freehold interest and shared ownership.

Kristel is the Team Leader and Chair of DBS Law’s niche Greek Desk providing legal solutions to the Greek and Cypriot communities.

Experience: - Kristel has a number of years’ experience in the property field and has represented a large number of individuals and lenders. Whilst training, Kristel was awarded the Law Society Trainee Solicitor of the Year award  in 2007, and subsequently written articles for several newspapers and lectured at the University she attended, highlighting the difficulties law students can face in trying to secure a training contract and not to give up. Kristel has been providing residential legal advice for over 7 years and has always delivered a high level of service with a clear focus on the best interests of the client. Kristel adds value to the service provided by expertly accommodating the needs of lenders and estate agents in a professional manner. Kristel continues to be recommended by clients, estate agents and mortgage providers and feedback from clients is unanimously positive.

Interests: - Outside of work Kristel enjoys music, travelling and interior design, motoring and good food.

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Leighann Richards

Leighann Richards

Expertise: - Leighann is a Commercial Property lawyer with experience of acting for a range of property clients from private individuals, investors, retail clients, to industrial landlords, mixed use developers and clients in the healthcare sector. She advises on all aspects of commercial property including all matters connected with the management of clients real estate portfolio, including a mixture of new leases and lease renewals, conditional contracts, agreements for lease and pre-lets, acquisition and disposal work of all types of freehold and leasehold property.

Experience: - Leighann has experience in acting for banks in relation to secured lending, investor clients and developers as well as providing assistance in corporate transactions. She also has a wealth of experience in dealing with the acquisition, disposals and relocation of retail pharmacies and many other types of businesses.

Leighann joined the Commercial Property department at DBS Law Limited in February 2015 after leaving Enoch Evans LLP where she worked as a Senior Solicitor since qualifying as a Solicitor in 2004.

Interests: - Outside of work Leighann enjoys going to music festivals, camping (weather permitting) and spending time with her family and friends.

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Sarah Begley

Sarah Begley

Expertise: - Sarah specialises in employment law and is competent in advising employees and businesses alike in relation to their employment law issues. Sarah is skilled in matters of HR support as well as contentious Employment Tribunal work.

Experience: - Sarah has over 6 years’ experience of specialist employment law advice. She undertook her training contract at a firm in Coventry and ‘cut her teeth’ doing predominantly Claimant work. From the very outset of her training, she undertook such cases from start to finish including the advocacy stage in the Employment Tribunal. Sarah achieved a number of successful results that were reported upon in the local press.

In more recent years, Sarah has expanded her experience to include Respondent work and has now built up a number of trusted clients who are keen to retain Sarah as their go-to employment law adviser. Sarah has also developed her skills in the non-contentious side of employment law such as drafting contracts, policies/procedures, and post-termination restrictions.

In 2009, Sarah was shortlisted in the category of Assistant Solicitor of the Year for the Birmingham Law Society Legal Awards.

Interests: - Sarah enjoys keeping fit and has a keen interest in running and circuit training. She also enjoys salsa dancing, foreign travel, watching football and spending time with her family and friends.

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Tamara Dhesi

Tamara Dhesi

Expertise: - Tamara has over nine years of experience in conveyancing.  Starting out in the commercial property department of a local firm in Derby, Tamara gained invaluable experience in not only conveyancing but also company commercial. Tamara has great knowledge and experience in many types of property transactions. Having also worked for a volume conveyancing firm, she has developed good working relations with estate agents nationwide, and has obtained many referrals by providing an efficient and courteous service to both estate agents and clients.

Experience: - With many years’ experience within the conveyancing field and on numerous types of transactions, including the Government’s Help to Buy scheme, Tamara is able to empathise and reassure clients of what is actually happening with one of the most important transaction in their lives.

Interests: - Tamara loves spending time with her familyand getting lost a in a good book, listing John Grisham and Jo Nesbo as her favourite authors. She tries to stay fit by attending the gym as often as possible and mainly works on cardio activities.

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Joe Price

Joe Price

Expertise: - Joe has joined DBS Andersons as a Trainee Solicitor in our Commercial Property department.

Experience: - Joe graduated from Nottingham Trent University with a 1st Class LLB (Hons.) in Law with Business and achieved a Distinction on the Legal Practice Course at Nottingham Law School. Prior to joining DBS Andersons, Joe worked as a Commercial Property Paralegal at Geldards LLP.

Interests: - Joe is a keen sports fan, and an avid Manchester City supporter. He also enjoys travelling, eating out, socialising with friends and going to the theatre.